Free apps on iOS share more personal information, than the most popular apps on Google’s Android platform. This statement comes from a recent study carried out by Appthority , who obtained the following results.
The report Appthority is based on the free app across both iOS and Android, whereas these mobile applications are more likely to use ad networks and analytics companies as a means of generate revenue. Despite the reputation of Android as a platform less secure, Appthority found that iOS apps are allowed to engage in more risky behaviors.
The study found that all 50 of the top free iOS apps — and 92 percent of the top 50 free Android applications, send and receive data without encryption. The iOS app get more easy access to user data, with 60 percent of the top apps tracking user location, 54 percent have access to the contact list, the 60 percent share data with ad networks or analytics and 14 percent have access to the calendar.
50% of Android applications shared data with ad networks, while 42% tracking your location, Only 20% of the applications on Google’s operating system have free access to contacts, and nothing seems to have access to the calendar. The Entertainment apps turn out to be the worst with regard to the security of user data, along with games and apps for business.
Until now, it seemed that the Android was the less secure than iOS. However Google’s Android platform, is more exposed and vulnerable to malware than iOS. In conclusion, both Operating system are vulnerable, but iOS is still one of the safest operating systems in the world.